Friday, 13 July 2018

Returning waders

Lade/Dungeness - warm, dry, sunny, NE 3 - This week has seen a trickle of returning waders across the Dungeness NNR wetlands. At Lade Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper and Greenshank have been noted with another Greenshank on ARC this morning, but Burrowes is the current wader hotspot with the sand bars in front of Firth hide luring in a Wood Sandpiper that was still present today. Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Blackwit, Avocet, Greenshank, Grey, Little Ringed and Ringed Plovers, Curlew, Dunlin, Redshank and Common Sandpiper have all been noted from the hides either side of the Visitor Centre these past few days, so if you are planning a visit this weekend Burrowes is the place to be.
  Bitterns have been showing well, flying between Boulderwall and Tower Pits, while several Garganeys are lurking amongst the Teal flocks. Mediterranean Gulls are prominent within gull flocks and the Common Terns are feeding juveniles on the green-topped islands. The Black Swan pair seem to have settled on Lade south for the duration.
  At the point more Mediterranean Gulls are loafing at the Patch along with the first juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls. The sea has been relatively quiet, although I did note an Arctic Skua earlier in the week harrying terns on Lade sands.

                                Waders from the archives

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